Jolie replaces Cruise in film.
Hollywood has been startled by news that Tom Cruise has dropped out of the forthcoming spy thriller Edwin A Salt to be replaced in the lead by - Angelina Jolie.
Of course, Jolie has such a badass image that she can get away with playing an action lead that would traditionally be assigned to a man. And sex-role-reversal is not exactly new.
Dame Judi Dench took over Bernard Lee's role as 'M' in the 007 movies. Mamma Mia: The Movie achieved a similar feat; the Abba song Does You Mother Know? was originally addressed to a younger woman by an older man - a faintly creepy effect that the film cancels out by having an older woman sing it ironically to a pert young stud.
But what would have happened if casting directors had taken this experimental attitude in the past? We could have had Terminatrix, with Melanie Griffith clanking around as the chilling cyborg-assassin.
Or perhaps a version of Casablanca set in Ricarda's place, with Lauren Bacall as the world-weary bar-owner. Or Bette Midler as Mr Doubtfire, the adorable male nanny.
These fantasies are beside the point.
Jolie should simply go about remaking every single Tom Cruise film with herself in the role.
She would be a great navy pilot in Top Gun, and her lethal presence as she 'rides someone's tail' would give us a break from all that tiring 80s suppressed homoeroticism.
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